Carriers expect big cargo week for Valentine’s Day, Chinese New Year holidays

The one-two punch of Valentine’s Day on Wednesday and the run-up to the Chinese Lunar New Year in Friday are expected to create huge demand for air cargo this week, according to carrier estimates. This shipping of perishable flowers, plants, chocolates and gifts all around the globe could reach record levels for some carriers. UPS […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 12, 2018

75th Anniversary Snapshot: What’s more valuable? Passengers or cargo?

At the start of the new year, one can be forgiven for being overly optimistic about the future. But there are limits. One case in point comes from an article written in 1953 by Milton A. Caine, the former managing editor of Air Transportation magazine – the precursor to Air Cargo World. Titled “Cargo Will […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 9, 2018

SpaceX Falcon Heavy launch dazzles, but overshoots target orbit [VIDEO]

In the airfreight business, there is “specialty cargo,” and then there is “Elon Musk cargo” – a separate category all by itself. In an audacious launch on Tuesday that was half technology showcase, half marketing stunt, the aerospace entrepreneur’s SpaceX company sent its unmanned “Falcon Heavy” lift vehicle – the most powerful rocket currently in […]
  • Randy Woods
  • February 7, 2018

Emirates SkyCargo launches Maastricht freighters as Schiphol congestion continues

Emirates SkyCargo launched its second scheduled freighter service to the Netherlands, this time to Maastricht, where the Dubai-based carrier will operate two 777F flights a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Starting at the end of March, Emirates SkyCargo plans to increase its freighter frequency into Maastricht to seven weekly flights, totaling 1,400 tonnes of additional […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 7, 2018

Singapore Air Show: Drone tech is ready, but are we?

SINGAPORE—Alongside announcements of new freighter conversion orders and rumors of aircraft orders, the Singapore Air Show’s approach to unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in airfreight service focused on the long-term promise of technology that may take time to pay off, but has the potential to remake the industry once it does – if the industry can […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 7, 2018

GECAS to offer Telair’s e-commerce-friendly loading system on 737-800 freighter conversions

Aviation lessor GECAS said that it will offer Telair’s recently approved Flexible Loading System (FLS) to GECAS’ 737-800 passenger-to-freighter conversion customers on aircraft entering service this year. The system allows 737 operators to carry containerized cargo (baggage, mail and parcel freight) in the lower hold of the aircraft, along with bulk-loaded bags. That sort of […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 6, 2018

ATSG reaches tentative agreement with pilots

Air Transport Services Group, Inc. (ATSG) announced late last week that its subsidiary, Air Transport International, Inc. (ATI), has reached a tentative agreement to amend the collective bargaining agreement with its more than 220 pilots, who are represented by the Air Line Pilots Association (ALPA). Terms of the tentative amended agreement were not disclosed, but […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 5, 2018

Southwest Cargo Suite to launch in March

The airfreight sector, long known for lagging other industries in implementing advancements, is finally making moves to catch up with the technological times, carrier by carrier. One recent example is Southwest Cargo, which announced its planned implementation of a new point-of-sale system, called Southwest Cargo Suite (SCS), schedule to launch on March 25. The biggest […]
  • Caryn Livingston
  • February 2, 2018

UPS to reinvest tax cuts, buy more freighters with multi-billion-dollar plan

There’s a slew of major, but closely related, news stories coming out of UPS’ Atlanta headquarters today – and, for the most part, it’s coming up roses for the global integrator, starting with last December’s tax cut legislation, which translated into strong overall and division revenues in the fourth quarter. But UPS’s decision to reinvest […]
  • Lewis King
  • February 1, 2018

Top 5 airfreight logistics tech trends for 2018

We’re already a full month into 2018 and the e-commerce-driven demand for airfreight show few signs of abating. While the outlook for the year is generally positive and confidence in the industry is high, there are still many bottlenecks in the supply chain that need to be addressed, including increased safety and transparency, improved product […]
  • Randy Woods
  • January 31, 2018

Drone startup closes funding for hybrid-electric cargo challenger to Cessna 208

A California startup promising to build an electric long-distance cargo drone announced yesterday that it has raised 140 percent of its initial angel funding goal. Sabrewing Aircraft Company CEO Ed De Reyes said the company had raised just shy of US$1 million from The Drone Fund, Integro LTD and two other investors. The funds will […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 31, 2018

American Airlines Cargo adding four more European destinations to network

Starting early in the second quarter, American Airlines (AA) is launching cargo services to new destinations across Europe. On May 4, the carrier will begin flights from Philadelphia (PHL) to Budapest, Hungary (BUD), and Prague, Czech Republic (PRG), as well as flights from Chicago O’Hare (ORD) to Venice, Italy (VCE). AA is also launching a […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 26, 2018

Virgin Atlantic deploys CSafe RAP containers for pharma, life-science cargo

Virgin Atlantic Cargo is now accepting bookings for the new CSafe RAP container for large shipments of pharmaceutical and life-science products. The carrier is the first U.K.-based airline to approve the use of CSafe’s new RAP container for temperature-sensitive healthcare products, just days after the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) approved the unit for use […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 25, 2018

Turkish Cargo launches 777F Miami cargo flights

Turkish Cargo launched weekly freighter flights connecting Istanbul to Miami and Houston, both strategical cargo destinations for the Istanbul-based carrier. Turkish Cargo’s Miami/Houston cargo flights will utilize the carrier’s recently acquired 777-200Fs. The new freighter route connects Miami and Houston to 120 countries through more than 300 destinations with its Istanbul-Madrid-Miami departing flights and Miami-Houston-İstanbul […]
  • Lewis King
  • January 24, 2018
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